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2021 Best Colleges in the United States

1,715 Colleges
$75,304 Avg Salary*
86% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

Quality BadgeIt's not easy to decide which college to attend when you have so many options available. College Factual has developed its Top Colleges and Universities ranking as one item you can use to help make this decision.

After analyzing 1,715 schools in the United States, we came up with our list of those that offered the highest quality education. Our ranking methodology focuses on over 20 different objective factors - such as graduation rate, post graduate earnings, and a school's average expenditure per student - to make this determination.

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Top Colleges in the United States

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#1

Princeton University

Princeton, New Jersey

Our analysis found Princeton University to be the best school for overall quality in the United States in this year’s ranking. Princeton is located in Princeton, New Jersey and has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,297 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 98%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. During the early years of their career, graduates from Princeton make an average of $74,700 a year.

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#2

Duke University

Durham, North Carolina

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around if you attend Duke University. The school came in at #2 in the United States on this year’s overall quality ranking. This fairly large private not-for-profit school is located in Durham, North Carolina, and it awarded 2,303 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The impressive student-to-faculty rate of 7 to 1 means that students may have more opportunities to work more closely with their professors than they would at other schools. The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Duke is $84,400 during the early years of their career.

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#3

Harvard University

Cambridge, Massachusetts

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Harvard University. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best Colleges in the United States list. Located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the large private not-for-profit school awarded 2,902 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The student loan default rate at the school is 0.8%, which is quite low when compared to the national default rate of 10.1% During the early years of their career, graduates from Harvard make an average of $89,700 a year.

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#4

California Institute of Technology

Pasadena, California

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend California Institute of Technology. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best Colleges in the United States list. Caltech is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Pasadena, California. It awarded 241 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Since the school has a student-to-faculty rate of 3 to 1, those pursuing a bachelor’s degree will have more opportunities to interact with their professors. The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Caltech is $85,900 during the early years of their career.

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#5

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, Massachusetts

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Massachusetts Institute of Technology. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Best Colleges in the United States list.Cambridge, Massachusetts is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,333 students in 2018-2019.

The 4-year grad rate at the school is 82%. That’s impressive when you compare it to the national rate of 33%. The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from MIT is $104,700 during the early years of their career.

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#6

Stanford University

Stanford, California

Stanford University ranked #6 on this year’s Best Colleges in the United States list. Stanford is a fairly large private not-for-profit school situated in Stanford, California. It awarded 1,892 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 98%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Stanford make an average of $94,000 per year during the early years of their career.

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#7

Williams College

Williamstown, Massachusetts

With a ranking of #7, Williams College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges in the United States list. Located in Williamstown, Massachusetts, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 718 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Since the school has a student-to-faculty rate of 6 to 1, those pursuing a bachelor’s degree will have more opportunities to interact with their professors. Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $59,000 during the early years of their career..

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#8

Pomona College

Claremont, California

Pomona College did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges in the United States ranking, coming in at #8. Pomona is a private not-for-profit institution located in Claremont, California. The school has a small population, and it awarded 449 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 98%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Pomona is $58,100 during the early years of their career.

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#9

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

University of Pennsylvania landed the #9 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges in the United States ranking. Located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the large private not-for-profit school handed out 3,632 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The student-to-faculty rate of 6 to 1 is a sign that students will have more opportunities to engage with their professors one-on-one. Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from UPenn go into careers with an average salary of $85,900 during the early years of their career.

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#10

Yale University

New Haven, Connecticut

Yale University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges in the United States ranking, coming in at #10. Yale is located in New Haven, Connecticut and has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,664 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

With a freshman retention rate of 99%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. During the early years of their career, graduates from Yale make an average of $83,200 a year.

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#11

Rice University

Houston, Texas

With a ranking of #11, Rice University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges in the United States list. Rice is located in Houston, Texas and has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,228 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

The 4-year grad rate at the school is 80%. That’s impressive when you compare it to the national rate of 33%. During the early years of their career, graduates from Rice make an average of $65,400 a year.

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#12

Northwestern University

Evanston, Illinois

Northwestern University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges in the United States ranking, coming in at #12. Northwestern University is a large private not-for-profit school located in Evanston, Illinois that handed out 2,770 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 98%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern U make an average of $69,000 per year during the early years of their career.

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#13

Brown University

Providence, Rhode Island

Brown University came in at #13 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges in the United States ranking. This fairly large private not-for-profit school is located in Providence, Rhode Island, and it awarded 2,097 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The impressive student-to-faculty rate of 7 to 1 means that students may have more opportunities to work more closely with their professors than they would at other schools. The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Brown is $67,500 during the early years of their career.

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#14

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, Indiana

University of Notre Dame landed the #14 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges in the United States ranking. Notre Dame is a fairly large private not-for-profit school situated in Notre Dame, Indiana. It awarded 2,642 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The low student loan default rate of 0.7% is a good sign that students have an easier time paying off their loans than they might at other schools. For comparison, the national default rate is 10.1% During the early years of their career, graduates from Notre Dame make an average of $78,400 a year.

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#15

Dartmouth College

Hanover, New Hampshire

Dartmouth College came in at #15 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges in the United States ranking. Dartmouth College is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in Hanover, New Hampshire that handed out 1,249 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 96%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth is $75,500 during the early years of their career.

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#16

Amherst College

Amherst, Massachusetts

Amherst College came in at #16 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges in the United States ranking. Located in Amherst, Massachusetts, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 705 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Bachelor’s degree students at the school tend to finish their degree on-time. The 4-year graduation rate is 88%, which is impressive compared to the national rate of 33%. Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Amherst make an average of $65,000 per year during the early years of their career.

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#17

Cornell University

Ithaca, New York

With a ranking of #17, Cornell University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges in the United States list. This large private not-for-profit school is located in Ithaca, New York, and it awarded 4,145 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Bachelor’s degree students at the school tend to finish their degree on-time. The 4-year graduation rate is 86%, which is impressive compared to the national rate of 33%. During the early years of their career, graduates from Cornell make an average of $77,200 a year.

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#18

Harvey Mudd College

Claremont, California

Harvey Mudd College landed the #18 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges in the United States ranking.Claremont, California is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 211 students in 2018-2019.

The impressive student-to-faculty rate of 8 to 1 means that students may have more opportunities to work more closely with their professors than they would at other schools. Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $88,800 during the early years of their career..

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#19

University of Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

With a ranking of #19, University of Chicago did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges in the United States list. UChicago is a private not-for-profit institution located in Chicago, Illinois. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 2,024 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The student-to-faculty rate of 5 to 1 is a sign that students will have more opportunities to engage with their professors one-on-one. Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $68,100 during the early years of their career..

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#20

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, Maryland

Johns Hopkins University landed the #20 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges in the United States ranking.Baltimore, Maryland is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,747 students in 2018-2019.

The 4-year grad rate at the school is 87%. That’s impressive when you compare it to the national rate of 33%. Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins make an average of $73,200 per year during the early years of their career.

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#21

Swarthmore College

Swarthmore, Pennsylvania

Swarthmore College came in at #21 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges in the United States ranking. Located in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 545 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

With a freshman retention rate of 98%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore make an average of $56,700 per year during the early years of their career.

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#22

Hamilton College

Clinton, New York

Hamilton College ranked #22 on this year’s Best Colleges in the United States list. Hamilton College is a small private not-for-profit school located in Clinton, New York that handed out 603 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

With a freshman retention rate of 96%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Hamilton go into careers with an average salary of $60,200 during the early years of their career.

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#23

Claremont McKenna College

Claremont, California

With a ranking of #23, Claremont McKenna College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges in the United States list. Located in Claremont, California, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 453 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

With a freshman retention rate of 97%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Claremont McKenna is $72,900 during the early years of their career.

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#24

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, Tennessee

Vanderbilt University came in at #24 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges in the United States ranking. Located in Nashville, Tennessee, the fairly large private not-for-profit school awarded 2,280 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The student-to-faculty rate of 7 to 1 is a sign that students will have more opportunities to engage with their professors one-on-one. The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt is $69,000 during the early years of their career.

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#25

Washington and Lee University

Lexington, Virginia

Washington and Lee University ranked #25 on this year’s Best Colleges in the United States list.Lexington, Virginia is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 564 students in 2018-2019.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 97%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Washington and Lee go into careers with an average salary of $76,100 during the early years of their career.

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Rest of the Best 50 Colleges in the United States

Not only did these schools make the top 50 list, but they also landed in the top 15% of this year’s ranking:

#26

Olin College

Needham, Massachusetts
#27

Washington University in St Louis

Saint Louis, Missouri
#28

Davidson College

Davidson, North Carolina
#29

Colgate University

Hamilton, New York
#30

Bowdoin College

Brunswick, Maine
#31

College of the Holy Cross

Worcester, Massachusetts
#33

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
#34

Emory University

Atlanta, Georgia
#35

Middlebury College

Middlebury, Vermont
#36

Wesleyan University

Middletown, Connecticut
#37

Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, North Carolina
#38

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, Michigan
#39

Vassar College

Poughkeepsie, New York
#40

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, California
#41

Wellesley College

Wellesley, Massachusetts
#42

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, Virginia
#43

Union College New York

Schenectady, New York
#44

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
#45

Bucknell University

Lewisburg, Pennsylvania
#46

Colby College

Waterville, Maine
#47

Bates College

Lewiston, Maine
#48

Carleton College

Northfield, Minnesota
#49

Boston University

Boston, Massachusetts
#50

DePauw University

Greencastle, Indiana

Rest of the Top 15% Colleges in the United States

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Rank College Location
51 Worcester Polytechnic Institute Worcester, MA
52 Haverford College Haverford, PA
53 Lafayette College Easton, PA
54 Franklin and Marshall College Lancaster, PA
55 Georgetown University Washington, DC
56 University of Rochester Rochester, NY
57 Scripps College Claremont, CA
58 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Troy, NY
59 Tufts University Medford, MA
60 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC
61 Boston College Chestnut Hill, MA
62 St Louis College of Pharmacy Saint Louis, MO
63 Bentley University Waltham, MA
64 University of Richmond University of Richmond, VA
65 University of California - Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA
Rank College Location
66 Rose - Hulman Institute of Technology Terre Haute, IN
67 Babson College Wellesley, MA
68 Santa Clara University Santa Clara, CA
69 University of California - Berkeley Berkeley, CA
70 Trinity College Hartford, CT
71 Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, OH
72 Macalester College Saint Paul, MN
73 College of William and Mary Williamsburg, VA
74 Mount Holyoke College South Hadley, MA
75 Brandeis University Waltham, MA
76 University of Wisconsin - Madison Madison, WI
77 Barnard College New York, NY
78 Villanova University Villanova, PA
79 Dickinson College Carlisle, PA
80 Gettysburg College Gettysburg, PA
81 Northeastern University Boston, MA
82 Georgia Institute of Technology - Main Campus Atlanta, GA
83 University of California - Davis Davis, CA
84 Purdue University - Main Campus West Lafayette, IN
85 University of Florida Gainesville, FL
86 Colorado College Colorado Springs, CO
87 University of Delaware Newark, DE
88 Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA
89 Kenyon College Gambier, OH
90 Bryn Mawr College Bryn Mawr, PA
Rank College Location
91 The University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX
92 University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign Champaign, IL
93 Smith College Northampton, MA
94 University of California - San Diego La Jolla, CA
95 Whitman College Walla Walla, WA
96 Skidmore College Saratoga Springs, NY
97 University of Washington - Seattle Campus Seattle, WA
98 Soka University of America Aliso Viejo, CA
99 Elon University Elon, NC
100 Grinnell College Grinnell, IA
101 Trinity University San Antonio, TX
102 Texas A&M University - College Station College Station, TX
103 University of Miami Coral Gables, FL
104 University of Connecticut Storrs, CT
105 North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC
106 Connecticut College New London, CT
107 Michigan State University East Lansing, MI
108 Tulane University of Louisiana New Orleans, LA
109 Brigham Young University - Provo Provo, UT
110 United States Merchant Marine Academy Kings Point, NY
111 Texas Christian University Fort Worth, TX
112 Pennsylvania State University - University Park University Park, PA
113 Denison University Granville, OH
114 Southern Methodist University Dallas, TX
115 George Washington University Washington, DC
Rank College Location
116 Hobart and William Smith Colleges Geneva, NY
117 University of Maryland - College Park College Park, MD
118 University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA
119 Syracuse University Syracuse, NY
120 Occidental College Los Angeles, CA
121 Wheaton College Illinois Wheaton, IL
122 University of California - Irvine Irvine, CA
123 Furman University Greenville, SC
124 University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN
125 Rhodes College Memphis, TN
126 Hillsdale College Hillsdale, MI
127 Creighton University Omaha, NE
128 Oberlin College Oberlin, OH
129 University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus Pittsburgh, PA
130 New York University New York, NY
131 St Olaf College Northfield, MN
132 Sewanee - The University of the South Sewanee, TN
133 University of California - Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, CA
134 Saint Louis University Saint Louis, MO
135 Gustavus Adolphus College Saint Peter, MN
136 Centre College Danville, KY
137 Colorado School of Mines Golden, CO
138 Drake University Des Moines, IA
139 Gonzaga University Spokane, WA
140 Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles, CA
Rank College Location
141 Indiana University - Bloomington Bloomington, IN
142 Reed College Portland, OR
143 University of Georgia Athens, GA
144 Clemson University Clemson, SC
145 Providence College Providence, RI
146 Clarkson University Potsdam, NY
147 Lawrence University Appleton, WI
148 Thomas Aquinas College Santa Paula, CA
149 Pepperdine University Malibu, CA
150 College of Saint Benedict Saint Joseph, MN
151 St Lawrence University Canton, NY
152 Saint Johns University Collegeville, MN
153 Baylor University Waco, TX
154 Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago, IL
155 California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo, CA
156 Ithaca College Ithaca, NY
157 Marquette University Milwaukee, WI
158 Saint Anselm College Manchester, NH
159 University of Scranton Scranton, PA
160 Florida State University Tallahassee, FL
161 University of Dayton Dayton, OH
162 University of San Diego San Diego, CA
163 Pitzer College Claremont, CA
164 American University Washington, DC
165 St John’s College Annapolis, MD
Rank College Location
166 Yeshiva University New York, NY
167 The College of New Jersey Ewing, NJ
168 University of North Carolina School of the Arts Winston-Salem, NC
169 Illinois Wesleyan University Bloomington, IL
170 Saint Mary’s College Notre Dame, IN
171 Principia College Elsah, IL
172 Stevens Institute of Technology Hoboken, NJ
173 University of Portland Portland, OR
174 Loyola University Maryland Baltimore, MD
175 Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus, OH
176 University of Denver Denver, CO
177 Binghamton University Vestal, NY
178 Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester, NY
179 Muhlenberg College Allentown, PA
180 University of Utah Salt Lake City, UT
181 Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Albany, NY
182 Hope College Holland, MI
183 Rutgers University - New Brunswick New Brunswick, NJ
184 University of St Thomas Minnesota Saint Paul, MN
185 Fairfield University Fairfield, CT
186 Drexel University Philadelphia, PA
187 University of Tulsa Tulsa, OK
188 Virginia Military Institute Lexington, VA
189 Kalamazoo College Kalamazoo, MI
190 University of Iowa Iowa City, IA
Rank College Location
191 University of the Pacific Stockton, CA
192 Stonehill College Easton, MA
193 Maine Maritime Academy Castine, ME
194 James Madison University Harrisonburg, VA
195 Rhode Island School of Design Providence, RI
196 Clark University Worcester, MA
197 Chapman University Orange, CA
198 Wofford College Spartanburg, SC
199 Wabash College Crawfordsville, IN
200 University at Buffalo Buffalo, NY
201 Seattle University Seattle, WA
202 University of Puget Sound Tacoma, WA
203 Bradley University Peoria, IL
204 Washington & Jefferson College Washington, PA
205 Michigan Technological University Houghton, MI
206 Samford University Birmingham, AL
207 Concordia College at Moorhead Moorhead, MN
208 Rollins College Winter Park, FL
209 Auburn University Auburn, AL
210 Ursinus College Collegeville, PA
211 University of New Hampshire - Main Campus Durham, NH
212 Taylor University Upland, IN
213 Iowa State University Ames, IA
214 Calvin University Grand Rapids, MI
215 Willamette University Salem, OR
Rank College Location
216 Wheaton College Massachusetts Norton, MA
217 Catholic University of America Washington, DC
218 University of South Florida - Main Campus Tampa, FL
219 Elizabethtown College Elizabethtown, PA
220 University of California - Riverside Riverside, CA
221 Butler University Indianapolis, IN
222 Stony Brook University Stony Brook, NY
223 Allegheny College Meadville, PA
224 University of South Carolina - Columbia Columbia, SC
225 Saint Joseph’s University Philadelphia, PA
226 SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry Syracuse, NY
227 University of Colorado Boulder Boulder, CO
228 Bryant University Smithfield, RI
229 Luther College Decorah, IA
230 Miami University - Oxford Oxford, OH
231 University of Vermont Burlington, VT
232 Southwestern University Georgetown, TX
233 Marist College Poughkeepsie, NY
234 Messiah University Mechanicsburg, PA
235 University of San Francisco San Francisco, CA
236 Duquesne University Pittsburgh, PA
237 The Juilliard School New York, NY
238 Molloy College Rockville Centre, NY
239 Colorado State University - Fort Collins Fort Collins, CO
240 Emerson College Boston, MA
Rank College Location
241 Spelman College Atlanta, GA
242 Augustana University Sioux Falls, SD
243 Ohio Northern University Ada, OH
244 Fordham University Bronx, NY
245 The College of Wooster Wooster, OH
246 Lebanon Valley College Annville, PA
247 Loyola University Chicago Chicago, IL
248 University of Nebraska - Lincoln Lincoln, NE
249 Ringling College of Art and Design Sarasota, FL
250 Bard College Annandale-On-Hudson, NY
251 The University of Tennessee - Knoxville Knoxville, TN
252 Transylvania University Lexington, KY
253 Cleveland Institute of Music Cleveland, OH
254 University of Kansas Lawrence, KS
255 Quinnipiac University Hamden, CT
256 Siena College Loudonville, NY
257 Missouri University of Science and Technology Rolla, MO
258 Cornell College Mount Vernon, IA

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Honorable Mentions

These schools also performed well in our Best Colleges ranking:

Rank College Location
259 Augustana College Rock Island, IL
260 Southern California Institute of Architecture Los Angeles, CA
261 Saint Mary’s College of California Moraga, CA
262 Milwaukee School of Engineering Milwaukee, WI
263 Juniata College Huntingdon, PA
264 Washington College Chestertown, MD
265 Central College Pella, IA
266 University of Oklahoma Norman Campus Norman, OK
267 University of Redlands Redlands, CA
268 Good Samaritan College of Nursing & Health Science Cincinnati, OH
269 St. John Fisher College Rochester, NY
270 DePaul University Chicago, IL
271 George Mason University Fairfax, VA
272 University of Oregon Eugene, OR
273 Saint Norbert College De Pere, WI
Rank College Location
274 University of Missouri - Columbia Columbia, MO
275 Berry College Mount Berry, GA
276 Arizona State University - Tempe Tempe, AZ
277 SUNY Geneseo Geneseo, NY
278 Ripon College Ripon, WI
279 Citadel Military College of South Carolina Charleston, SC
280 Simmons University Boston, MA
281 University of Detroit Mercy Detroit, MI
282 University of the Sciences Philadelphia, PA
283 University of Evansville Evansville, IN
284 Lewis & Clark College Portland, OR
285 Whitworth University Spokane, WA
286 Hendrix College Conway, AR
287 Kettering University Flint, MI
288 Franciscan University of Steubenville Steubenville, OH
289 Knox College Galesburg, IL
290 Temple University Philadelphia, PA
291 Massachusetts Maritime Academy Buzzards Bay, MA
292 University of California - Santa Cruz Santa Cruz, CA
293 John Carroll University University Heights, OH
Rank College Location
294 Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College Baton Rouge, LA
295 Christopher Newport University Newport News, VA
296 The New England Conservatory of Music Boston, MA
297 Saint Michael’s College Colchester, VT
298 Covenant College Lookout Mountain, GA
299 Ohio Wesleyan University Delaware, OH
300 Roger Williams University Bristol, RI
301 Bethel University Minnesota Saint Paul, MN
302 New Jersey Institute of Technology Newark, NJ
303 Le Moyne College Syracuse, NY
304 Beloit College Beloit, WI
305 The University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, AL
306 The University of Texas at Dallas Richardson, TX
307 Westmont College Santa Barbara, CA
308 St Mary’s College of Maryland St. Mary’s City, MD
309 Embry Riddle Aeronautical University - Daytona Beach Daytona Beach, FL
310 Kansas State University Manhattan, KS
311 University of South Florida Sarasota - Manatee Sarasota, FL
312 University of Central Florida Orlando, FL
313 Xavier University Cincinnati, OH
Rank College Location
314 Agnes Scott College Decatur, GA
315 Biola University La Mirada, CA
316 Hofstra University Hempstead, NY
317 Lake Forest College Lake Forest, IL
318 Rutgers University - Newark Newark, NJ
319 College of the Atlantic Bar Harbor, ME
320 Oregon State University Corvallis, OR
321 Hampshire College Amherst, MA
322 Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, VA
323 Cedarville University Cedarville, OH
324 Belmont University Nashville, TN
325 University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls, IA
326 Assumption University Worcester, MA
327 Embry Riddle Aeronautical University - Prescott Prescott, AZ
328 Mercer University Macon, GA
329 University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL
330 Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences Lancaster, PA
331 Illinois State University Normal, IL
332 Randolph - Macon College Ashland, VA
333 Nazareth College Rochester, NY
Rank College Location
334 University of Arkansas Fayetteville, AR
335 University of Maryland - Baltimore County Baltimore, MD
336 Eckerd College Saint Petersburg, FL
337 Union University Jackson, TN
338 Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art New York, NY
339 Valparaiso University Valparaiso, IN
340 Pacific University Forest Grove, OR
341 University of Cincinnati - Main Campus Cincinnati, OH
342 University of Wisconsin - La Crosse La Crosse, WI
343 Hanover College Hanover, IN

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

References

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Information about the national average student loan default rate is from the U.S. Department of Education and refers to data about the 2016 borrower cohort tracking period for which the cohort default rate (CDR) was 10.1%.

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